Issues: Health

Capital New York: For lawmakers, health initiatives are a long game

By Dan Goldberg 6:08 a.m. | Dec. 23, 2014

New York's first press conference on a gay rights bill took place in 1971, said Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, who attended as a freshman legislator. It was held in the legislative library in Albany and there were so few attendees that “nobody had to tell us to shush,” he recalled.

December 23, 2014
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO ANNOUNCES SECOND PHASE OF COMBAT HEROIN CAMPAIGN

Senator Mike Nozzolio today announced the next phase of New York’s “Combat Heroin” Campaign.

December 23, 2014
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Griffo Bill Benefiting Volunteer Firefighters & Ambulance Workers Now Law

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo announced Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law the senator’s bill that will provide benefits to firefighters and ambulance workers injured while assisting at a scene before an officer in command is established.

“When there’s an accident, every second is precious,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “We simply cannot have volunteer firefighters or ambulance workers withholding critical help because an insurance company may not cover a potential injury. I thank Governor Cuomo for approving this common sense legislation.”

December 19, 2014
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Senator LaValle Announces New Law To Help Address Lyme Disease In New York

New Law Implements A Recommendation of the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases

December 19, 2014 –Senator Ken LaValle, Co-Chair of the Majority Coalition’s Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases, announced the signing of a new law that will help doctors better treat patients with symptoms of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

December 19, 2014
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RITCHIE THANKS UNITEDHEALTHCARE FOR SUPPORT OF NORTH COUNTRY FAMILY HEALTH CENTER

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined North Country Family Health Center staff and board members recently, as the organization thanked UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of New York for $200,000 in grants aimed at making improvements at the facility.

December 19, 2014
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Bill Promoting Virtual Learning Signed into Law

For Release: Immediate, December 19, 2014

Senator Young's bill creates online learning advisory council to explore online and blended learning programs

ALBANY – Governor Cuomo has signed a bill into law authored by Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, that will help bring more academic enrichment and opportunities to classrooms across the state.

December 19, 2014
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GOVERNOR SIGNS RITCHIE BILL TO BOOST EEE PREVENTION

Landmark New Law Latest in Effort to Combat the Disease That’s Claimed Lives in CNY;  Focuses Health Experts on Finding Vaccine

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that the Governor has signed into law her bill to help speed the discovery of potentially life-saving vaccines for deadly diseases including Eastern Equine Encephalitis, the mosquito-borne virus that’s claimed five lives in Oswego County and Central New York.  The measure (S.2115), which passed both houses of the Legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support, creates a new “21st Century Workgroup for Disease Elimination and Reduction” within the state Department of Health.  Comprising experts in diseases, infection and public health, the group is tasked with identifying obstacles that may be preventing development of effective vaccines for EEE and other diseases, including West Nile Virus, Lyme disease, tuberculosis and more. 

December 18, 2014
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Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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Senator Marchione's letter to Governor Cuomo requesting his signature of Senate Bill S.7854 to protect pioneering doctors who take a proactive approach to treating Lyme disease

December 9, 2014

 

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor of New York State

Executive Chamber

State Capitol

Albany, NY 12224

 

Re: Requesting Your Signature of Senate Bill S.7854/Assembly Bill A.7558B

 

Dear Governor Cuomo:

 

December 10, 2014
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SQUADRON, AT NYU, URGES STATE TO EXPAND SUCCESSFUL, NATIONALLY ACCLAIMED PROGRAM

"Universal" Nurse-Family Partnership Would be Offered to All Eligible Low-Income Moms; Make NYS National Leader

NEW YORK— Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, together with NYU’s College of Nursing and Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, called on New York State to implement universal Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP), a nationally-proven, evidence-based program that links first-time low-income mothers with a nurse home visitor from pregnancy through the child’s second birthday. Squadron bolstered his case with a panel of experts who discussed the merits of both expanding NFP, which has nearly 40 years of evidence behind it, as well as funding NFP, in part, with “Pay for Success” programs. 

December 2, 2014
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State Senator Gustavo Rivera and the Montefiore Health System Host a Town Hall Meeting on Ebola

(Bronx, NY) – Today, State Senator Gustavo Rivera, Montefiore Health System, Morris Heights Health Center, the Bronx Borough President’s African Advisory Council, The Bronx District Attorney's Office, and the New York Commission on Human Rights gathered at Claremont Neighborhood Center to inform members of the community about Ebola, discourage further violence towards the African community and promote actions the community can take to help fight this global health concern.

December 2, 2014
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World Aids Day 2014: A Time to Remember and Hope for the Future

FROM THE OFFICE OF STATE SENATOR KEVIN PARKER (D-Brooklyn)

Contact: Glenda Cadogan ‌‌‌‌‌| triniscribe@aol.com | 718-629-6401 ph |718-629-6420 fax

 

World Aids Day 2014: A Time to Remember and Hope for the Future

December 1, 2014
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Bill Promoting Broadband Expansion Signed into Law

Senator Young sponsored bill to speed up access to federal funds for broadband expansion

ALBANY – A bill recently signed into law will open more opportunities for broadband expansion in rural areas, a necessity for greater economic expansion, healthcare innovation, and educational investment.

Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, sponsored the bill. It improves the process that certain broadband providers, called Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs), go through to access federal loans designated for broadband expansion.

November 26, 2014
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Transportation Funding Secured by Senator Young for Allegany County

For Release: Immediate, November 24, 2014

Supplemental Non-Emergency Medicaid Transportation Payment of $36,287 for Allegany County

ALBANY - Elderly, disabled, and other local residents who rely on efficient public transportation options can cheer the news announced by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) that much needed relief for non-emergency Medicaid transportation systems is coming to Allegany County.

November 24, 2014
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Transportation Funding Secured by Senator Young for Chautauqua County

For Release: Immediate, November 24, 2014

Supplemental Non-Emergency Medicaid Transportation Payment of $79,377 for Chautauqua County

ALBANY - Elderly, disabled, and other local residents who rely on efficient public transportation options can cheer the news announced by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) that much needed relief for non-emergency Medicaid transportation systems is coming to Chautauqua County.

November 24, 2014
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Restaurant owner blasts city fines over single-gender ads

As reported by the NY Post:

The owner of an Upper East Side restaurant who read in The Post that a downtown eatery was fined $5,000 fine just for placing an ad for “waitresses” is issuing a call to arms against the gender-based penalties.

“This is an outrage, and more restaurants need to share their stories so this nonsense is stopped,” Giuseppe Bruno wrote to The Post.

“Someone needs to help these restaurants.”

State Sen. José Peralta (D-Queens) slammed the agency for targeting “unintentionally gendered language.”

“Of the 53 discrimination settlements reported by the commission in 2014, 18 — or more than a third of all settlements — are for this sort of case,” Peralta said

For full article, click here.

November 21, 2014
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Rural Healthcare Accessibility

Senator Young celebrates National Rural Health Day

ALBANY— The knowledge that adequate healthcare is readily available can provide peace of mind. Yet, access to healthcare remains a challenge for many people in New York State, especially for those living in rural areas.

“Today is National Rural Health Day,” said Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources. “On this day, recognizing the importance of healthcare in rural communities, we celebrate the caregivers and organizations throughout the state who provide preventative care, emergency medical services, long-term care, and other healthcare services to people in rural areas.”

November 20, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS HELPS RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently took the Virtual Dementia Tour to help raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease. Senator Martins joined Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America CEO Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., and others in taking the tour.

November 19, 2014
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Senator Serrano Hosts Hands-Only CPR Training on the Upper West Side

(Upper West Side, NY)- Senator Serrano hosted a free hands-only CPR training course at the JASA Senior Center on the Upper West Side. The American Heart Association provided participants with an in-depth, informative class on this life-saving technique. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S.- but when ordinary people are equipped with the skills to perform CPR, the survival rate can double, or even triple. 

November 18, 2014
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SENATOR BILL LARKIN AND THE GREATER HUDSON VALLEY FAMILY HEALTH CENTER TO OFFER NATIONAL MEMORY SCREENING DAY

Local Event to be Held at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) is pleased to join with The Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center, Mount Saint Mary College and the Newburgh Armory Unity Center to offer a National Memory Screening Event.  This event will be held at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. and is free of charge.  Walk-ins will be accepted based on availability but pre-registration is recommended.  Please call 845-220-3167 to register for a screening.

November 14, 2014
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